The Very Best of Little Richard [Specialty]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Very Best of Little Richard is the first high-profile, high-quality Little Richard compilation to be released in the U.S. since 1991's The Georgia Peach, a disc that held the title of best available Little Richard hits collection for roughly 17 years. The Very Best is designed as a replacement to that collection, partially because The Georgia Peach was a little old but also because Concord Music Group -- the label that formed in 2004 when Concord and Fantasy Records merged -- now owned the Specialty Records vault and could use their own new Little Richard collection. So, Concord Music Group revived the Specialty imprint and released this excellent hits ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Very Best of Little Richard is the first high-profile, high-quality Little Richard compilation to be released in the U.S. since 1991's The Georgia Peach, a disc that held the title of best available Little Richard hits collection for roughly 17 years. The Very Best is designed as a replacement to that collection, partially because The Georgia Peach was a little old but also because Concord Music Group -- the label that formed in 2004 when Concord and Fantasy Records merged -- now owned the Specialty Records vault and could use their own new Little Richard collection. So, Concord Music Group revived the Specialty imprint and released this excellent hits collection, which at 25 tracks is just as long as The Georgia Peach. Fully 20 of those 25 tracks are shared between the two compilations, which should come as no surprise as these 20 tracks are the big hits and standards, ranging from "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," and "Good Golly Miss Molly" to "Ooh! My Soul," "Bama Lama Bama Loo," and the medley of "Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey" that the Beatles later covered. As The Very Best of Little Richard ends a little anticlimactically with a perfunctory rehearsal take of "Hound Dog" from Richard's last session, a pedestrian demo of the blues "Baby" from his pre-Specialty days, and a surprisingly tame live medley from 1964, this pales slightly in comparison to The Georgia Peach, but that's nitpicking: apart from these three OK cuts, this is as good a Little Richard compilation as you can get, which means this is as good as rock & roll gets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • Label: Specialty
  • UPC: 888072307483
  • Catalog Number: 30748
  • Sales rank: 9,185

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Richard Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Little Richard Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Bumps Blackwell Composer
Bob Fisher Remastering
James H. Smith Composer
Billy Vera Liner Notes
Eddie Bocage Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Dorothy LaBostrie Composer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wooooooooooo Good Golly thats rocking music!

    Little Richard is pure excitement. Nobody can get people on the dance floor faster than Little Richard. Just one warning: if you listen to this CD in your car, be sure to keep your eyes open and on the road when you Woooooo along with him.

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